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• Francona said injured starter Zach McAllister will throw off the mound Friday at Progressive Field in some capacity, with the best-case scenario being McAllister facing hitters from Class A Lake County.

• Entering play Wednesday, Tribe relievers had stranded 87 of 107 inherited runners (81.3 percent), the second best mark in MLB.

• In addition to his hot hitting, Brantley also has a .990 fielding percentage (one error in 96 chances) and leads the Majors with six outfield assists.

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.